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Posted on 09/24/2020
USDA Loans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
The US government has been helping Americans achieve their goal of homeownership for decades. Through programs offered by the Federal Housing Authority, the USDA, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, millions of Americans have been able to afford a home who would have otherwise struggled. The focus of today’s post is one such service: loans offered through the USDA...
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Posted on 09/23/2020
5 Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants
Image by LaterJay Photography from Pixabay Many people believe a green thumb is required to grow indoor plants. Or, they’ll hesitate to add some greenery to their home’s décor because they think they’re too busy to care for them or they don’t have enough space. Fortunately, even if you lack the magic touch when it comes to plants,...
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Posted on 09/11/2020
What Does Homeowners’ Insurance Cover?
Photo by Feng Yu via Shutterstock Few things are more mysterious than insurance. When you think you know what's covered, you find out the hard way that it wasn't. Since your home is likely your greatest asset, you want to know what it includes and what it doesn't before you need to make a claim. Whether you're “in...
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Posted on 09/03/2020
Meal Prepping from Home to Save Time and Money
If you live a busy work and home life, finding time to cook nutritious and filling meals can be difficult. As a result, many people find themselves ordering out for lunch during the work week and settling for low-effort dinners during the week. One economical and time-saving solution to this problem is meal prep. You pick one day during...
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Posted on 09/02/2020
Choosing the Right Home For Your Family is a Process
When you decide to make an offer on a home, your mind may be flooded with dozens of questions and concerns -- several of which may involve money matters, while others are about the condition of the house. However, if you've had the house professionally inspected and made sure your income is sufficient to absorb monthly expenses, than you've...
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Posted on 08/18/2020
Tile vs. Concrete - Which is Better to Resurface Your Patio Table
Photo by OpenClipart-Vectors via Pixabay Give new life to outdoor tabletops using concrete or tile - and liven up one of the most important parts of your home, your porch or patio. It is surprisingly easy to make over an existing table; in some cases, the base of a table remains in excellent shape, while the horizontal surface...
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Posted on 08/18/2020
Another Property Sold - 17 Cuivre River Drive, Troy, MO 63379
Welcome Home! This beautiful 3 bed and 2 bath well kept home is waiting for its new family. Wonderful fenced in backyard for BBQs and gatherings. Yard is already fenced in ready for your animals or children to play, the property does goes all the way back to the tree line it is not fenced in. Sellers are leaving all kitchen appliances and washer and...
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Posted on 08/11/2020
Mortgage Terminology: Prequalified vs Preapproved
If you’re a first-time homebuyer, odds are you’ve thrown the words “prequalified” and “preapproved” interchangeably. However, when it comes to home loans, there are some very important differences between the two. For buyers hoping to purchase a home with a few missteps and misunderstandings as possible, it’s vital to understand the procedures involved in acquiring financing for a home....
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Posted on 08/10/2020
Dealing with Water Leaks
Photo by Andrey_Popov via Shutterstock Is your house leaky? According to the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency), household water leaks account for up to a trillion gallons of water wasted each year. According to their calculations, the average home leaks about ten thousand gallons annually or more than 90 gallons every single day. So how do you tell...
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Posted on 08/08/2020
The Benefits of Gardening Indoors
Image by vistawei from Pixabay Did you know people are generally happier when they have something to nurture and tend to in life? That’s right. Taking care of plants can make you a happier person and improves your sense of well-being, which in and of itself might be motivation enough to start an indoor garden. If you need...
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Posted on 08/05/2020
Things That Send Buyers Running
If you’re trying to sell your home, there are many things you need to think about. One of the reasons that it’s wise to hire a realtor is that they can handle a lot of the difficult stuff for you. From home showings to phone calls to sealing the deal, your realtor will be with you every step of...
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Posted on 08/04/2020
Signs That Your Real Estate Agent Is a Great Listener
If you're preparing to buy or sell a home, why should you be forced to work with a real estate agent who won't listen to your concerns and questions? Instead, hire a real estate agent who is a great listener, and you can receive consistent support throughout the homebuying or home selling journey. There are many signs that a...
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